New Orleans Hornets not confirming nickname will be changed to Pelicans John Reid, | The Times Picayune 12/04/2012 6:25 PM
New Orleans Hornets spokesman Greg Bensel denied a Yahoo! Sports report that owner Tom Benson has finalized plans to change the nickname of his NBA franchise from the Hornets to Pelicans.

``We’re not confirming that is the name,’’ Bensel said. ``This is a process that’s ongoing and still in discussions. And it will be eventually decided by the NBA.’’

Benson, though, is actively pushing for a name change and he does own the rights to the Pelican nickname.In an interview on Fox Sports Television, Gayle Benson, Tom’s wife, said she wants to change the team’s colors to navy blue, red and gold.

More details coming. . .